Fan Xiaoyan's Flesh and Steel

Erotica // Monday, June 03, 2013
Fan Xiaoyan was born in 1983 in Gaomi, China. In 2008 she graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where she continues to live and work. Through the combination of soft, warm flesh against cold, hard steel, Xiaoyan constructs a jarring contrast that engages her viewers on a visual and psychological level, explaining that her metal-infused figurative sculptures are reflective of a "surrealistic virtual world in which men and women are equal... the arrival of a new era, a new kind of human being, a new power, a sensation..." 

The Work of Gerhard Mayer

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 03, 2013
Nuremberg-based artist Gerhard Mayer creates large-scale paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures, and wallpieces. His wallpieces are creating using China ink and his own unique mathematical rules. Having been interested in elementary particles and physics for a long time, his work is made following strict regularities. 

How to Make a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle into a Sphere by Ichwan Noor

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 31, 2013
Art Basel Hong Kong, the inaugural edition of Basel in Asia, had a ton of sculpture and installation works throughout the fair. One of the ones we loved especially was Jakarta-based sculptor Ichwan Noor's transforming, fusing, morphing five vintage 1953 Volkswagen Beetles into these crazy installed spheres. This one was in the Mondecor Jakarta Gallery booth, and on sale for $88k.

Tom Eckert's Wooden Sculptures Don't Look Like Wood

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert begins with basswood, linden, or line wood and patiently carves and paints each piece to resemble realistic looking still lifes. "Forms carved to suggest cloth recur in many of my pieces...Covered forms are often more evocative - with a sense of mystery absent from the uncovered object by itself. We would love to see these in person.

Michael Johansson: "Real Life Tetris" Studio Visit + Exhibition

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This past winter, Michael Johansson, famous for his "real-life Tetris" public and museum installations, opened "Familar Abstractions" at Vigeland Museet in Olso, Norway. During the preparation for that show, our friend and contributor Henrik Haven caught up with Johansson at his studio in Malmø, Sweden. Even in his space, everything has a place, in its right place.

Surreal Sculptures by Troy Coulterman

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 27, 2013
This morning we take a look at the sculptures of Sascatchawan-based artist Troy Coulterman. Sometimes we wonder how we could visually represent the nightmarish hallucinations we get in our sleep after accidentally eating old sweaty cheese...but we rarely come up with a solution. Troy embraces these absurd anomalies in his sculptures and translates "them into tangible moments that manage to be even more absurd than from which they came."

Laser-cut Gothic Sculptures by Wim Delvoye

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 27, 2013
The last time we posted the work of Wim Delvoye he had intricately carved car tires. This time he is taken to laser-cutting decorative architectural structures in a Gothic style. A Gothic dump druck? We like it. Some of his works act as clean, smaller models for larger sculptural installations made from heavy and untreated steal that takes on a rusted, "aged" look.

Sculptures from Ted Lawson

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This morning we take a look at the sculptures of Brooklyn-based artist Ted Lawson. Ted combines digital technology with traditional sculpting methods to seamlessly produce conceptual objects. "His working process in an exploration into the human existential experience through imagined models of the universe as physical form." We are particularly intrigued by his "Eve" series, featuring sculpted female bodies of different shapes and sizes, some looking overweight, others looking almost sickly.

"Mobile Mirrors" by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 20, 2013
Thought your disco ball was cool? Artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen created a series of four mannequins decked out in shards of mirror for her exhibition Mobile Mirrors at Christian Larsen gallery in Stockholm, Sweden. "The mirror surfaces of the mannequins turn our gaze back onto ourselves, forcing us to become aware of our own bodies and consumption habits..."

"The Skywhale" Hot Air Balloon by Patricia Piccinini

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 20, 2013
We were pretty sure that the Darth Vader hot air balloon was the pinacle of dream hot air balloons...until we saw this: Patricia Piccinini's Skywhale hot air balloon. Are there more custom hot air balloons out there? We might have to do some research on this... How about the house from UP? Who’s with us? Jabba the hutt? The possibilities are endless... Watch a video of the Skywhale in flight after the jump.

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